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The Next Always by Nora Roberts
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Feb 26, 12

Read in February, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Very similar formula to her bride books, which were essentially lady porn in the form of excessive amounts of wedding detail and food description. This time around she focuses on interior decorating (main character and his brothers are renovating an Inn). Of course, meals are described in great detail as well, this is something she does in every single book. There is something unsettling about it to me, why is reading about eating and food escapism? There is something there about how women see food as a forbidden pleasure and something to be denied.

Roberts definitely knows her audience though, and gives them exactly what they want. At times it borders on the ridiculous, the hero's musings at one point about how amazing women are and how they manage to 'do it all' struck me as obvious pandering. This one also has a ghost in it that saves the day which was an interesting, and totally bizarre, situation. Compared to her other books, I felt the conflict and resolution here was a bit contrived and not very realistic.

While her books are incredibly formulaic and pretty much devoid of any artistic ambition, they are good for what they are; easy escapism. Kind of a fictional version of a home decorating magazine, or a Hallmark movie of the week. At the rate she pumps them out, you can't expect much more.

Amendment-OK, just found out this is a real inn that she owns and she is basically describing the place in this book? I am officially creeped out.
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Claudia Patrício Exactly! Bride Quartet, right?! And what da hell was Sam what's-his-name doing in this story, anyway?! It felt totally out of place, out of context, out of beautiful Nora Roberts plot.
My thought on this? Re-used plot, re-used main couple (which I can't even remember the mommy's name), and they didn't give any curled toes romance. I honestly thought the guy (Beck?) could get better like, say Avery or Hope, than that insipid mommy.
Nora Roberts is my fav writer in the world! Been reading her books for 10years, now, and this one was the worst start on a trilogy, for me.


Rosanne Claudia wrote: "Exactly! Bride Quartet, right?! And what da hell was Sam what's-his-name doing in this story, anyway?! It felt totally out of place, out of context, out of beautiful Nora Roberts plot.
My thought o..."


Totally, it just lacked so much. Plus the Inn she owns is exactly like this, it seems more like a promotional stunt than anything else :/ There was also a lot of description of all her mom stuff which frankly, I really don't want to read about. I live it in real life thank you very much, LOL!


Claudia Patrício Yes, it's her inn she's talking about... And yeah, it feels like a promotional stunt. And a very bad one, I might add :S
I love her. I love the way she rights.
Hated this try of hers to shove her business down the readers' throats...
And LOOL YES! Too much mom stuff! I love moms. I respect moms and their job (yes, it's stuff and yes, very downsized). Still, it feels like she's sucking people's ass, and honestly, I felt soooooooooooo boooooooooooored!


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